Environmental eating out

Paper straws from Ted\'s Montana GrillFor dinner tonight, we went out to Ted’s Montana Grill. Even though we only picked it because we were fainting with hunger by the time we passed near, it turned out to be an appropriate choice. In addition to serving bison (burgers, pot roast, and meatloaf), which is healthier and usually more organically-raised than beef, they attempt to be environmentally friendly.

The soda (Maggie had Jackson Hole Sarsaparilla) is all served in glass bottles and presumably recycled. None of the food is frozen. The doggie bag containers are made from recycled material.

Of course, it’s not all good. They still have a big neon sign, which has to use lots of electricity. Worse, they ship their food around the country. It’s nice that they don’t freeze the food, but they’re still creating quite the carbon deficit.

The coolest thing is that they’ve reintroduced the paper straw (according to their website, they hadn’t been made in the US since 1970). My parents remember using paper straws as kids but Maggie and I had never heard of them. They seem pretty robust; even after sitting in a glass of water for the whole meal, they weren’t soggy.

It’s neat what eco-conscious companies can come up with (or rediscover) with a little imagination!

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    Jessica said,

    October 1, 2008 @ 3:38 pm

    My mom went there for drinks with co workers several months ago and pocketed some of the straws to bring to me. I thought they were pretty cool. So did my son, who proceeded to eat them. Or at least try to. They are pretty tough! My son can really eat some paper, but he had a hard time with those!

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    sam said,

    November 25, 2008 @ 11:19 am

    very nice site with some great post keep up the great work

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